Pacific Longboarder Junior Mens: Tom Morat wrapping the toes on his way to the final. PIC: @surfshotsnoosa


NOOSA FEST DAY 7: THE JUNIORS ROCK IT
Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Pacific Longboarder Men’s Under 18 competitors were first to paddle out into the fun, glassy waves, with a return to the beach breaks for the start of juniors day.

The junior ranks have been progressively narrowing the gap with their more mature counterparts consistently in recent years, and never more so than in 2017. From Alexandra Headland, a short trip down the coast, Cale Coulter started slowly but used maturity and patience to collect a pair of excellent rides, with Californian Kai Takayama, again dynamic, taking another great heat win.

Honolua Blomfield unsurprisingly set the bar incredibly high, posting a massive 16.25 of a possible 20 from her two highest scores to take heat one of the Salt Magazine Women’s Under 18 division. In heat two, Byron Bay’s Josie Prendergast returned to Noosa showing significant advancement in skill to take a win, despite pressure from Nelly St Baker and April Sweet.

A sibling tussle in heat three saw Mason and Lola Schremmer go head to head for first and second. Both surfed brilliantly, but it was younger sister Lola who took the heat, Mason second and fellow American Avalon Gill making up the numbers advancing directly to round three.

Soleil Errico also continued her winning streak, opening strongly but having t wait for a back-up score. The latter half of the heat presented the waves and the win was hers.

Competition returned to a double-bank scenario for rounds two of the Under 15 and Under 18 boys and action was fast and furious.

Jake Dunsdon advanced to the final from the late morning’s round three, joined by Luca Warman-Flood and Dakota Dau Paull, but the heat, and indeed the day’s division was all Gus O’Malley’s. Two-for-two, young Gus was unstoppable, winning both his heats for a well-deserved finals berth.

With wind picking up from the east, the beach breaks began to become uncontestable and the executive decision was made to return to the shelter of First Point.

Back at Noosa’s Main Beach, Tom Wegener had been hosting Sustainability Friday, inviting anyone with a creative bent to come to the beach and shape their own bellyboard, handplane or fin. Joined by Ogawa Toru and Nouhito ‘Nobby’ Ohkawa. A packed Nine Sunshine Coast Pavilion left little elbow room for the avid craftspeople of all ages and a greatly successful day was had by all, with everyone able to take him the rewards of their handiwork.

Back in the water, The sudden death reperchages took to the point’s clean but small and sporadic waves. Mason Schremmer came from behind to book in her finals slot, joined by Bianca Dootson and Tully White, and on the gents’ side of the age range, Nic Brewer surfed untouchably, Tom Morat and Cale Coulter doing well to snatch the last remaining places.

It was a great day for locals, strongly represented in the Woman’s 35 & Over, the former New Caledonian decimating her heat, leaving little pressure from elsewhere.

The day done and the sun setting, it was time to while away the early evening at the XXXX Summer Beach Bar amongst great friends, new and old.

Blackboi was the first to sweep the sand from the stage, playing a fantastic set with hints of rock, pop and indigenous inspiration permeating his set. Wrapping up the day, Bearfoot were electric, a dancing, bouncing, boogying crowd showing a huge amount of appreciation.

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  -    REPORT BY TOMMY LEITCH / NFOS







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